ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has recently crossed a milestone by reaching a total of over 500,000 operational flight hours for its airborne COTM (communications on-the-move) systems used by warfighters and analysts.
Integrated on more than 200 government aircraft since 2008, the ViaSat KuSS (Ku Spread Spectrum) systems have supplied vital real-time Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and Command and Control (C2) data to U.S. and coalition forces. ViaSat also leverages its Yonder(r) commercial global mobile broadband satellite network, augmenting it for Department of Defense (DoD) use by adding multiple private managed hubs and upwards of 1000 MHz of satellite bandwidth.
Airborne satellite communication imposes distinct constraints on the size, weight, power, and throughput of a complete system, but ViaSat system performance achieves operational data rates up to 4 Mbps with antenna technology and aperture designs as small as 12 inches. ViaSat plans to continue upgrading the KuSS technology with higher data rates and new capabilities for mobile airborne applications.
"The DoD demand for airborne broadband operations has grown exponentially in the past few years," said Paul Baca, ViaSat GM for Global Mobile Broadband Systems. "We have responded with innovative aircraft systems and a global end-to-end network with redundancy and failover support that is essential for government missions."
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